- 4 -1 ½ inch thick slices of French bread
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese or cream cheese
- 1 jar Gina's Southern Style Gourmet Pear Spread (9oz)
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Maple syrup, optional
Cut a 3-inch pocket about 2 inches deep into each bread slice.
In a medium bowl, beat mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese) with electric mixer for 20 seconds on medium speed. Add 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ cup of pear spread, pecans, ½ teaspoon of vanilla and beat until smooth.
Divide cheese mixture evenly into pocket of bread slices to form a sandwich. Place bread slices in baking dish and set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, milk, honey and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour egg mixture over bread slices pressing bread down slightly to absorb the egg mixture. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours, turning bread slices over once or twice during chilling time.
Heat lightly greased griddle or frying pan to medium heat. Cook bread slices on hot griddle for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown, turning once throughout cooking time. Serve topped with additional Gina's Southern Style Gourmet Pear Spread and maple syrup.